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>> all this week on c-span, and look inside america's highest court. we spoke with the nine supreme court justices about the role in the history of the supreme court. coming up next, our interviews with associate justices antonin scalia and ruth bader ginsburg. and a look at the life of abraham lincoln. . . he talks about how the court to reaches decisions on cases and the attorneys to come before the court. we spoke with him in the east conference room in the supreme court building. >> antonin scalia , would you explain what the role and responsibilities of a justice this? >> to try to come out of the right way on cases that the court has agreed to hear. also, and this is the only respect which the job differs from an appeals judge, to decide on what cases the court should agree to hear. essentially, there are two functions. you have to decide what to put on our docket. secondly, what is on their docket to try to get it right. >> what role do you see the supreme court playing in society today? has it changed over your tenure? >> it is the same role that has always played. i do not
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and it never is. it is a gift to america. >> this is the first time you have sat down with television since your appointment was announced. i wonder if you would not mind, for history, telling us the story of when you get the telephone call. >> i was told that the president would be making up his mind, making his decision, sometime on monday. i had been sitting in my office from 8:00 a.m. that morning, waiting for a phone call. the phone calls i got instead were from my family telling me or asking me what was happening? i was getting the calls almost hourly. every hour, i would say, i do not know. 2:00 p.m. was arriving and my family had been told that they would have to start moving to the airport shortly. so they were more and more anxious about whether they should be going to the airport or not. my response was -- i do not know. finally, about 5:00 p.m., at the airport, they are still calling me and asking whether they should get on the airplane. my response was, i still do not know. my brother called me from baltimore. he had to make a stop in baltimore and take a shuttle to washington.
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into america's highest court, through unprecedented conversations with 10 supreme court justices. >> the most symbolic, a meaningful moment for me during my public investiture was sitting in justice marshall's chair and taking the oath with my hand on the bible. it was like history coursing through me. >> our interviews with supreme court justices conclude friday night at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c- span. get your own copy of our original documentary on the supreme court on dvd. it is a free disc set including programs on the white house and the capitol. >> now our interview with associate justice ruth bader ginsburg. she has served on the supreme court since 1993 after being nominated by president clinton. we spoke with her for about 35 minutes. >> we are with justice ruth bader ginsburg in her temporary office and we will take a look at some of the items you have in this office. the first thing i noticed was this photograph over here of former chief justice rehnquist. >> that picture was taken in october 1993. it is traditional when a new justice comes on board for the chief to welcome the new